How to Turn off Predictive Text Completely on Your iPhone

How to Turn off Predictive Text Completely on Your iPhone

Thanks to Apple's predictive text feature, called QuickType, your iOS device will suggest words that it thinks you want to use next so you don't have to type them yourself. While AutoCorrect guesses at a word, based on the letters you typed, QuickType predicts what word you might type next based on the context of your message or document. If you find QuickType's context-based suggestions creepy rather than cool, you can easily hide the feature, or you can turn it off completely. Here's how to turn off predictive text completely on your iPhone. 

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To do this:

  • Open the Settings apps.
  • Tap General.

  • Select Keyboard.
  • Toggle Predictive off.

Now Apple won't put words in your mouth. If you want to turn AutoCorrect off as well, toggle Auto Correction off. It can be found in the columns above Predictive. This little tip could save you from those hilarious autocorrect mistakes, but you'll have to do all the typing yourself if both predictive and AutoCorrect are turned off. 

 

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.